Pozole

Pozole is a hearty stew of hominy (its name is actually the Nuhuatl word for hominy), meat (usually pork), and garlic. The chili peppers and spices impart a rounded richness to the dish, and every bite is a fresh exploration of flavor and texture thanks to the many additional tabletop garnishes.

Crispy Scrapple with Sage

An economical but hearty dish, scrapple is satisfyingly crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside, very much like the texture of a hash brown, if hash browns were made with meat.

Thai Basil Eggplant and Pork Stir Fry

This pork and eggplant stir fry is easy and absolutely delicious—perfect for a hearty lunch or a weeknight meal. The sauce is a take on hoisin, with just the right amount of salt, sweet, and heat. Much yummier and healthier than takeout!

Crispy Fried Pig’s Ears with Arugula and Capers

These deep-fried pig’s ears are salty, tender yet crispy, and super indulgent; the lemon vinaigrette arugula salad brings a fresh and acid element to the dish that balances the decadence of the pig’s ears.

Sichuan Twice-Cooked Pork (or Tripe)

While this recipe is amazing with pork belly—spicy, nuanced, with tender meat and vegetables—and my new favorite way to eat it is with tripe. Regardless of the protein you choose, this makes for a fabulous and authentic taste of Sichuan.

Menudo

Menudo is a comforting Mexican soup with melt-in-your-mouth tripe and hominy in a lightly spicy broth. Even if you’re not a devoted tripe-lover, this dish will make a convert of you.

Wafu Pork Belly Skewers

The pork belly on these skewers is succulently tender, coated in a sweet and salty sauce. This a simple but memorable meal that makes my fiancé nostalgic for good times in Japanese yakiniku restaurants.

Deviled (but Divine) Baby Back Ribs

Juicy pork ribs smothered in a rich, slightly spicy and slightly tangy sauce. The crisp decadence of the butter-soaked and broiled breadcrumbs is the perfect counterpart to the tender, succulent meat. Did I mention that the recipe is also a snap to throw together?

Kandaulos I: A Recipe for Souvlaki’s More Provocative Predecessor

Souvlaki is a traditional dish that is almost synonymous with Greece itself, yet it may have emerged from a much older, Lydian delicacy. Read on to find out why your favorite skewered food’s predecessor carried cultural stakes that go beyond what you might have imagined–and how you can cook a version that recovers what it may have been like to dine on the original.